Magazine article Screen International

Alphabet Soup

Magazine article Screen International

Alphabet Soup

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Screen sits down with Lee Hardcastle and Jake West, two of the directors of horror anthology The ABCs of Death, ahead of its UK premiere tonight [Feb 23] during FrightFest at Glasgow Film Festival.

As if epitomising the variation of the ambitious horror anthology The ABCs of Death, UK directors Jake West and Lee Hardcastle both had very different paths onto the ambitious project.

"I got approached by the producers, Tim [League] and Ant [Timpson]. I had my film Doghouse at Fantastic Fest and he [League] approached a lot of filmmakers who had had their films there," recalls West. "I was at Cannes that year and they got a meeting of us together and pitched the idea."

Hardcastle on the other hand - responsible for claymation efforts like the Claycat take on The Raid - won a worldwide online competition to be involved in the film. "I was really keen about the film when I read about it before I knew about the competition as I had seen which directors were involved," explains Hardcastle.

"As it was essentially a freebie, I couldn't dedicate too much time to it. I worked really hard just to justify doing the short. I think it took me 14 days but what I do now, I take my time, I don't kill myself to make a short like I did back then." (Hardcastle completed his short in August 2011)

The ABCs of Death saw its filmmakers assigned a letter from which they had to make a four-minute short based around death. Whereas Hardcastle had just the one to utilise (T), West pitched four ideas for different letters yet fortunately ended up with his favoured letter in any case - S.

"There was a first wave of directors who got asked to do it - they didn't have all 26 directors involved at once - and because I was right at the beginning, I didn't have any problem getting my letter," notes West.

"My whole thing was about speed, but there's also the double meaning. …

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